Skip to comments.USA Cricket Team to play in International Tournament in August
Posted on 07/28/2006 9:15:06 AM PDT by BaBaStooey
United States of America Cricket Association WORLD CRICKET LEAGUE QUALIFIER AMERICAS CHAMPIONSHIP
2006 WCLQ SQUAD
Steve Massiah - Captain (New York Region) Jignesh Desai - Vice Captain (Southwest Region) Khawaja Shuja - (Central West Region) Chintan Patel - (Atlantic Region) Abhishek Pawar - (Southwest Region) Akeem Dodson - (New York Region) Sushil Nadkarni - (Central West Region) Niraj Shah - (Central West Region) Carl Wright - (Atlantic Region) Steve Pitter - (New York Region) Fauad Hasan - (Northwest Region) Gowkaran Roopnarine - (Atlantic Region) Lennox Cush - (New York Region) Imran Awan - (Atlantic Region)
Mustaq Muhhamed - Coach Orville Hall - Manager
SCHEDULE -- WORLD CRICKET LEAGUE QUALIFIER AMERICAS CHAMPIONSHIP Aug. 21 CAYMAN ISLANDS vs USA at Maple Leaf C.C. Aug. 23 USA vs ARGENTINA at G. Ross Lord Park Aug. 25 BERMUDA vs USA at Maple Leaf C.C. Aug. 26 CANADA vs USA at Maple Leaf C.C.
The USA is in Division 3 of what is known as the World Cricket League. This division also contains Paupa New Guinea, Uganda, and five regional qualifiers, one of which will be either Argentina or the Cayman Islands.
This series of matches between the North American teams are warmups for the Division 3 Championships. If the USA can finish in the top two of that tournament, then they will move up to Division 2.
The teams in Division 2 are the Denmark, Namibia, Oman, the United Arab Emirates, and the two best teams in Division 3. The top four teams in the Division 2 championship will move on to the 2011 World Cup Qualifier.
Since the USA would like to qualify for the World Cup in 2011, it is important that they play well in this Americas Championship.
Since the matches are being held in Toronto, it will be easy for Americans who are interested in this sort of thing to attend and watch their national team in action.
Here are the web sites of the two cricket grounds where these matches are being held:
Many of the players on the roster listed above were members of the USA XI who played two very competitive matches with a world class West Indies XI earlier this month in Brooklyn. I will update this thread with additional information as the tournament date approaches. USA! USA!
Can someone explain the scoring system to me? I've never understood what the hell radio announcers in the UK were talking about when announcing results.
Will there be headbutting or doping allowed?
I thought head butting and doping was only allowed for the Polo Team.......
"That was a wicked Googly!"
Its not too difficult. Just like baseball, you hit the ball, then you run.
Working as a 2-man team with the other batsman, you run back and forth between the wickets (which are spaced 66 feet apart). Running from one to the other is 1 run.
The object of the game is to score as many runs as possible, with the winning team scoring more runs. The job of the fielding side (the other guys) is to prevent the runs from being scored, while trying to get you out.
It's got a bat and a ball and that's all I know.
That much I've got. But there's a lot of technical slang, like "overs" and "centuries" that folks need to know (only some of which I know). The scoring announcing in cricket is very confusing to the uninitated as a result.
And then there's the fact that the number of runs scorred might not matter in a test match if it's not finished in time--resulting in a draw--hence the (to my mind perfectly charming) fact that one can 'declare'--end your side's inning early by your team's choice--so that a draw doesn't result by taking up too much time (and keep an eye on the sky, the five days don't get extended simply because you can't play in the rain). (A tie--very rare--is what it sounds like, both sides have scored the same number or runs when the last batsman is out. A draw is a match ending without winnner because it was not completed.)
(The fact that the crucial stategict decision in a test match is when to decide you've scored enough, and be gentlemanly and let the other side have their inning, while charming to me, is probably the main reason cricket has very little chance of catching on in the US.)
Good luck and godspeed to our team, though.
You've actually got a pretty good grip on the game, from your explanation.
The thing I initially thought when I first started watching cricket was that it was pretty goofy that a game could go on for five days and result in a draw. That was before I ever saw one and understood what a draw really meant and how it could affect a series.
In reality, a draw gives a team who doesn't have a chance at winning something to play for. There is nothing more boring than a baseball game where a team like the Yankees is leading 15-1 in the fifth inning. Might as well turn the channel and see what else is on, maybe check back in 10-15 minutes and yup, they're still ahead by about a thousand runs.
The option of the draw actually gives that team losing 15-1 something to play for. Imagine being down by that amount and actually having the ability to prevent the team who just piled runs on you from winning the game! It is the ultimate form of revenge if you think about it.
In the context of a multi-match series, the draw can be extremely important. In last summer's five match series between England and Australia, the Aussies won the first match easily, while England won the second by 2 runs in a thriller.
In the third match, England (batting first) declared, and were leading by 422 runs when Australia began their second innings. Needing either 423 runs to win (a very improbable target), or to bat all day long for a draw, Australia batted defensively, which made it harder for England's bowlers to get them out. But they attacked, and wickets fell all day.
One man stood up to the attack of the bowlers, the Aussie captain, Ricky Ponting, who scored a "century" (which is an individual total of 100 runs or more), scoring 156 off of 275 balls, spending a total of 6 hours, 51 minutes at bat in the middle of the field. Then, with only 25 balls left for Australia to earn their draw, Ponting was out.
In walked Australia's weakest batter, Glenn McGrath. Imagine your favorite baseball team needing a clutch hit late in the game, but no pinch hitters left on the bench, and a pitcher with about a .175 average finds he must bat for himself. That was what Australia faced. McGrath and another bowler, Brett Lee (who is actually a decent hitter, think Bronson Arroyo's hitting performance for the Cincinnati Reds earlier this season) faced the final 24 balls, knowing that if either of them got out, England, the "home team," would take a powerful 2-1 lead in the 5 match series with 2 matches to go.
Lee and McGrath defended the final 24 balls to earn the draw for Australia. In the end, it didn't make much difference as England went on to win the fourth match and draw the fifth, winning the series 2-1. However, at the time, it was a very important result.
I basically initiated myself into the world of cricket by watching recordings of international matches. The terminology isn't entirely familiar at first, but it isn't too hard to pick up as you go along. Some of the announcers, like former Australian batsman Michael Slater, former Indian batsman Sanjay Mandrekar, former Australian legspinner Richie Benaud, and former England batsman Geoffrey Boycott, are very entertaining to listen to.
whats the whole thing about 66 wickets over 4 and all that.
Since its impossible for there to be more than 40 total wickets (for both sides) in a 5-day match, the "66 wickets" example might be a tad unrealistic.
However, what I think you might be trying to say is...
"What does it mean when they say that Australia is 66 for 4?"
The answer is...Australia is batting, and they have scored 66 runs while losing four wickets. Four of their batsmen have got out in the course of scoring 66 runs. Which really isn't a good thing, because the batsmen at the top of the batting order are supposed to score more runs than that. Especially Australia, who are very good at scoring runs. But I'm rambling now.
England currently is in a Test Match with Pakistan. These matches last a maximum of five days. They just finished the second day and it's England 461/9d - Pakistan 119 & 12/0.
Each team gets two innings, has eleven batters and plays two batters at all times. Therefore, when ten men are out, your team is "all out" -- even though one man is not out.
Pakistan was all out in the first innings (yes singular ends in "s") for 119 runs -- a very poor score. Top scorer for Pakistan was Younis Khan with 44. Bowlers for England who did well were Harmison 6/19 and Panesar 3/21. That means Harmison took six wickets (i.e. got six men out) and only gave up 19 runs. If you averaged 19 runs give up per wicket you'd be the best bowler in the world, so 6/19 is outstanding.
England scored 461 runs and only had 9 out -- the "d" means they declared (stopped batting) so that Pakistan would have to bat a bit at the end of today. The lead is so hugh and series that it was good strategery to make Pakistan bat, hoping for a wicket (out) today. Even though there are three days left, if it rains -- no play. Many poor teams have been saved by bad weather.
Cook and Bell scored 127 and 106 runs for England -- both called "centuries" or "tons" (100 runs). Cook outscored Pakistan all by himself.
The 12/0 means Pakistan got 12 runs without losing a wicket. If England can get 10 wickets before Pakistan gets another 330 runs, then the match is over and England doesn't bat again.
Cricket is a lot like baseball in that there are lots of stats.
USA Cricket Team to play in International Tournament in August, September and October
Ha ha. This is one-day cricket.
Thank you. That makes sense.
Overs are sets of six balls thrown in one direction to the batsman. After each set of six balls, the bowling is done to the other end for the next six "pitches" (in baseball terms). This switching of ends being bowled to occurs regardless of whether the batsmen too have switched ends due to a successfully batted ball.
A century is just when a batsmen scores 100 runs without making an out. a double-century, 200.
If a ball rolls over the endline boundaries, its automatically 4 runs. If it goes over the boundary on a fly, then its 6 runs.
If the ball hits the wicket, then the batsman is out.
If the batsman blocks the ball with his pads, and the umpire determines that the ball WOULD have hit the stumps, dislodging the "bails" then the batsman is declared out, LBW or "leg before wicket."
A ball hit into the air and caught makes a batsman out, and will result in shouting of the phrase "HOWZEE!" a bastardized pidgin English version of "How is it?" asked to the umpire, or in other words, "Is the dang batter out?"
If the batsmen are running back and forth after a hit ball, and the other team hits the stumps with the ball before the batter is in the safe area, then the batter is out.
Pimm's Cup is mixed with fruit to make a refreshing punch.
Gin and tonics with limes can be offered to players or spectators.
Red Stripe will be considered a friendly gesture if your opponents are from the Caribbean area.
Heh heh this squad almost sounds like an India B team. LOL!
Those 6 of them are Hindus, the other Muslims in the team may well be from India too.
Yeah, but our star captain is from the West Indies.
Today is the first match for the USA.
I will post the scorecard link and recap once the match is over. Here is the schedule for the day's play:
Start and Cessation Times:
First Session 10.30 - 14.00
Interval (Lunch) 14.00 - 14.45
Second Session 14.45 - 18.15
I have received word that the USA are 77 for 1 after 19 overs. They are likely batting first. 77 runs in 19 overs is a semi-healthy run rate of 4.05. If they maintain that for a full 50 overs, that will bring them to a score of about 203 runs. Not a great total, but a respectable one. If they do not lose any more wickets for a while, they will be able to bat more aggressively as the game goes on, and hopefully increase the run rate.
I will continue to update this thread if I hear anything more about today's play.
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USA 202 for 1 in 39 overs. Nadkarni 86 not out and Steve Massiah 77 not out.
They have really picked up the pace. Only one out, so they should really be able to play some high risk, high reward shots in the last 5-10 overs. They have a shot at 300 but should get to 250.
A very good batting performance by our team in their first match. Add to today's performance those matches against the West Indies (both of them decent performances against a much better side) in New York City, and things appear to be looking up for Team USA.
I've been following it on the Major League Cricket message board.
USA: 300 for 2 in 50 overs
Massiah 136 not out
In reply, Cayman Islands 143 for 6 in 31 overs when last reports came in.
I do not have any information on where Cayman Islands ended up, but if they were 143 for 6 after 31 overs, then it is extremely likely that Team USA has won the first match of this tournament.
Their remaining schedule:
Aug. 23 USA vs ARGENTINA at Toronto, ON - G. Ross Lord Park
Aug. 25 BERMUDA vs USA at King City, ON - Maple Leaf C.C.
Aug. 26 CANADA vs USA at King City, ON - Maple Leaf C.C.
Argentina should be a winnable match. Bermuda will likely be the toughest opponent of the whole tournament. The match against Canada will be very interesting.
I said they had a shot at 300 but I pretty much guaranteed 250. The fact that I said it was possible for them to score at 10 an over for the last 10 overs means I've got plenty of faith.
Massiah continues his fantastic batting with a huge score, and carried his bat through all 50 overs.
Nadkarni with a century in his international debut gives fans of USA cricket plenty to smile about for the future.
I found more info on the match and started a separate post on the new article.
I have no idea what any of that means.
We won, they lost. USA! USA!
Feel free to say "neener neener neener" to the next person you meet from the Cayman Islands.
Team USA plays Argentina today.
Argentina (batting first) are 70 for 5 in 22 overs.
The wicket-takers for Team USA are Imran Awan (2), Khawaja Shuja (1), Lennox Cush (1). Not sure who got the other one, it may have been a run-out. Awan was our best bowler on Monday, taking 3 Cayman Island wickets for 47 runs.
Argentina are currently on pace for 159 runs (and that is assuming they manage to bat all 50 overs without getting all out, which may not happen). Even if they make it to 200, if the big bats for Team USA (Massiah, Nadkarni) bat like they did on Monday (when they scored 300, then this one will be in the bag.
I will post more updates as they become available throughout the day. And there should be an article detailing the match via the ICC tomorrow morning.
Argentina are now 126 for 5 in 36 overs. They have picked up their pace slightly, from 3.18 runs per over before the first update to 4 runs an over between then and now.
If they continue at 4 an over, they will reach 182 if they bat for all 50 overs. If Team USA can take wickets and/or slow down the pace of the Argentine batsmen, then our batsmen will have a very low target to chase.
Argentina 182 all out, 49 overs.
Team USA Bowlers:
Shuja: 2 wickets, 9 overs bowled, 22 runs allowed
Cush: 2 wickets, 9 overs bowled, 30 runs allowed
Awan: 2 wickets, 9 overs bowled, 51 runs allowed
Patel: 1 wicket, 10 overs bowled, 29 runs allowed
I don't have any info on the other 12 overs, but they went for 50 runs. I also don't know who got the other 3 wickets. They could have been other bowlers or run outs.
This is a very reachable target for the quality batsmen on our side.
USA wins by 7 wickets.
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I will be posting in-match details of the all important USA-Bermuda (Aug 25, today) and USA-Canada (Aug 26, tomorrow) matches in this thread.
When these matches end I will, as I have so far for the first 2 matches, start a separate thread containing the post-match recap article.
Play is scheduled to begin at 10:30 in Toronto. At the moment, there is some concern because rain is in the forecast. The tournament officials are planning to implement the Duckworth-Lewis method if necessary (and it would take a whole other thread to explain how that crazy rule works). Each team must bat for a minimum of 20 overs for the match to be official.
According to a member of the bigcricket.com website who is at the ground reporting, "Now it is to be cloudy with sunny breaks this morning, and then 50% chance of scattered showers in the afternoon"
Whomever bats first may do so for a full innings (max 50 overs), however, whomever fields first may see their innings shortened by rain. The coin toss may play a role in this match, as it may be an advantage to bat first or second depending on the weather conditions. Let's hope our captain Massiah is as good with decisions as he is with the bat.
At 8:40 EDT, it began to "drizzle" in Toronto.
At 8:52, the description changes to "pouring rain."
The covers are on the pitch, and the match isn't scheduled to begin for another 90 minutes. Hopefully the rain stops before then.
Since I have some time, I decided to compile the stats for the USA players from the 2 matches:
Steve Massiah, Captain
Not Out: 2
High Score: 136*
Batting Average: INF
Strike Rate: 95.48
Not Out: 0
High Score: 111
Batting Average: 63.50
Strike Rate: 76.97
Not Out: 2
High Score: 73*
Batting Average: INF
Strike Rate: 143.64
Not Out: 0
High Score: 17
Batting Average: 14
Strike Rate: 100.00
Carl Wright, Wicketkeeper
Not Out: 0
High Score: 8
Batting Average: 8
Strike Rate: 61.54
And those are the only batsmen who have recorded anything in this tournament so far. USA batsmen have been very good at not getting themselves out.
Best Bowling: 3/47
Strike Rate: 17.00
Best Bowling: 2/30
Strike Rate: 40.00
Best Bowling: 2/22
Strike Rate: 28.00
Best Bowling: 2/21
Strike Rate: 36.00
Best Bowling: 2/30
Strike Rate: 30.50
Steve Massiah, Captain
Best Bowling: 0/55
Strike Rate: -
Jignesh Desai, Vice-Captain
Best Bowling: 0/13
Strike Rate: -
Best Bowling: 0/27
Strike Rate: -
From "our man at the scene:"
Well, at 10:18 in King City the drizzle has stopped completely and light skies are covering about half the ground. The covers are still on, but I expect them to be coming off soon. I will keep you all posted.
From bigcricket.com: The covers are off and the captains are inspecting. The revised start time is 11:00 am.
For those of you who are interested, here are the places of birth of each of our players:
Steve Massiah - Captain (Guyana)
Jignesh Desai - Vice Captain (United States of America)
Khawaja Shuja (Pakistan)
Chintan Patel (India)
Abhishek Pawar (United States of America)
Akeem Dodson (United States of America)
Sushil Nadkarni (India)
Carl Wright (Jamaica)
Steve Pitter (Jamaica)
Gowkaran Roopnarine (Guyana)
Lennox Cush (Guyana)
Imran Awan (Pakistan)
I wasn't able to find out info on the last 2 fellows but if I had to guess I would say subcontinent region.
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